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Old 11-24-2006, 09:14 AM   #14
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 91
United Kingdom
Re: Early Aikido vs Modern Aikido

I can't help feeling that people (especially non-aikidoka) get confused by the fact that 'soft' can imply slow, unfocussed training, with unrealistic attacks and ukes who fall over if you look at them, or it can imply aikido which is martially effective and has been trained very intensely and committedly but which is itself relaxed and yielding and not 'strengthy.' A lot of people seem to want hard aikido when what they really want is soft aikido with hard training.
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